Electrical switches in the door latches can fail, causing the door locks to rapidly actuate up and down multiple times when the locks are activated by either the keyless remote or door lock switch. The affected door latch should be replaced to correct this concern.
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Most reported 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430 problems
The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern. A recall on certain 2000-2001 models have been recalled for a related issue - for more information please click here»
The arms for the sunroof wind deflector may break; if the broken pieces are not removed, they can jam the sunroof.
The crankshaft position sensor may fail causing the engine to stall. In most cases the engine will need to cool down a bit before it will restart but in some cases it may restart right away.
The power window switch may fail and the windows will not raise. The main switch at the front center console is commonly at fault. A failed switch will require replacement.
A no start condition may develop due to an anti-theft system fault. If the drive authorization module fails to recognize the keys, the engine will not start. In many cases, a new module and keys will be needed to correct this problem.
The door storage pocket can become unglued and fall into the door.
The rear corner panels on either side of the tailgate (black plastic) can crack or break. They should be cut off and the adhesive removed before new panels are glued on.
The heater blower motor can become abnormally noisy. Replacement of the blower motor is commonly necessary to correct this concern.
The power steering return hose may leak at the radiator cooler fitting. If the clamp is not properly tightened, the hose can blow off, causing increased steering effort and a mess under the hood.
Various electrical problem may develop due to a failed "all activity module". Our technicians tell us that proper diagnoses is required to be sure any electrical faults are being caused by the failed module.
Release cables for the rear seat (second row of seats) tend to stretch or break requiring replacement.
An exhaust leak may develop due to cracked welds on the front catalytic converter. Replacement of the catalyst is recommended; re-welding of the catalyst is discouraged because it is an emissions device.